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By: Sam LaGrone
China issued a strong statement against a planned sale of U.S. Oliver Hazard Perry frigates to Taiwan that was singed into U.S. law on Thursday.
The Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 — signed by President Obama on Thursday — allows up to four of the frigates to be sold to Taiwan.
The approval of the act drew accusation the sale violates China’s sovereignty as well as a 1982 understanding between the U.S. and China, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang told reporters on Friday.
“The Chinese side is firmly opposed to the arms sales by the US to Taiwan. This position is steadfast, clear and consistent. The aforementioned act constitutes a grave breach of the spirit of the three joint communiqués between China and the US, especially that of the August 17 Communiqué, brutally interferes in China’s domestic affairs and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests,” Qin said.